We have had a very busy, successful, and exciting summer and fall! We were blessed by 22 volunteers who came to help with various projects at MARC and the mission house. The first group arrived in June and the last left at the end of October.
The work that was com-pleted include: Blue hang-ar- a new bathroom and built in closet. Gold hang-ar- updated bathroom, renovated office for the director, and a new toy/play room for the kids. MARC Mission House- new lighting, trim, doors, faucet, and painted walls.
These volunteers really put in the time and effort to do great work and bless this minis-try. Collier enjoyed working along side people he knew and people he met for the first time. He was so grateful for the extra hands that helped!
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Mark your calendars for our annual open house on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, January 19, 2020, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Tour the center, meet staff and board members, and enjoy a free lunch. No RSVP necessary.
Our Bottles for Life campaign will be in full swing after the first of the year. Call or email Michele to schedule your church. For more details click here.
With the end of the year approaching would you consider giving Amnion an extra donation to help us finish the year strong? Click here to donate.
We are so grateful for your support of this ministry!
Sincerely in Christ,
Hello Dave and Cheri,
November is the heart of our mobilization season. College campuses are buzzing with energy, campus ministers are active in events and discipleship, and our mobilizers are all over the place connecting with students and collegiate leaders to help mobilize a new kind of missionary. This time of year presents so much potential and expectation, and so it's a great moment to send this update to all of you, knowing that you share our heart and excitement for the potential and plan that God has for the next generation! Here's what's been going on in the last few months:
Class of 2019 Complete
The two GoWeek cohorts this year were full of phenomenal young men and women. Our staff is continually blown away at the stories and lives that we get to be a part of through our efforts in recruiting, coaching and sending each Goer class. This year, 30 men and women make up the Class of 2019 Goers! They came from 20 different universities and are serving through 12 different tracks. They are a diverse group, and we ask for your prayers for them! As I send this newsletter, 6 of the Goers have launched, and 24 are in their support raising phase. Check out a recap video from GoWeek 2 to get a feel for who these Goers are!
Jessica, GoCorps' Director of Mobilization, visited our six Berlin Goers earlier in the summer. Goer visits by our staff give us an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of our program and are an opportunity for us to be an encouragement to our Goers. Here's Jessica's recap of her visit to Berlin:
"The GoCorps Goers in Berlin were so blessed by my recent visit and the looks on their faces here says it all, but I was blessed even more to be able to see the work they are doing firsthand and learn from them about their city, lives, and work for the sake of the gospel!
A few highlights:
Abbie - working closely with transition center for women and is receiving some great mentoring and doing research with a pediatrician at the center
Alex - really investing in a smaller local community outside Berlin in Postdam and has worked closely with several local churches to use sports as a means of connecting the community
Claire - mentioned she has been seeing God at work transcending cultures and is encouraged by how many ways she is given opportunities to share the gospel as a result
Nic - working heavily with the refugee community in his neighborhood as well as working with his church to find a new building as they continue to grow. He is strongly considering staying in Berlin to find work as an engineer so he can stay long term
Kylie - working with a new church for her, but one that the Berlin team had some previous relationships with and she is praying that she will be able to establish a consistent and reliable presence within this community
One main prayer request from the team leader, Katie, is for more long term staff in Berlin, including "finishers" who can mentor more Goers as they join this team. One of the questions I asked of the two leaders is how can we share a sense of urgency to call missionaries or Goers to serve in Berlin and she said, "There are many other places in the world that are just as lost, but we are seeing change happening in Berlin and it's an exciting time to be here working for the Lord." They are grateful for the partnerships with GoCorps to bring new Goers to join their team each year and are seeing God move through this relationship."
Also, one of the ministries that several of our Goers have served is fighting human trafficking. Check out this short video of the work being done in Berlin.
In September and October, several of our staff and alumni went to Pasadena and then Washington DC for our 2019 Vision Dinners. It is at these dinners that we are able to share the vision of GoCorps with current and potential donors. And it is through these dinners that we have fully funded our Student Debt Assistance program every year.
Celebrating 10 Years
In October, GoCorps celebrated our 10th birthday! It was on October 9, 2009 that 30 leaders from 10 organizations and a few churches and campuses gathered together and decided to create a whole new pathway for the next generation to find their place in God's global work. In the last 10 years, GoCorps has placed 228 Goers through 60 teams in 43 countries! Over the next six months, we'll be sharing our reflections and celebrations with you as we together celebrate this major milestone, and as we look to the next decade of mobilizing this generation.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We are so grateful to God for his blessing and provision over the last 10 years, and we are so thankful to each of you who are on the GoCorps team with us. Your prayers, your investment and your encouragement keep GoCorps going and enable a whole new audience of Christians find their place in God's global work!
Paul Van Der Werf
Founder and Executive Director
Yes, it is that time of year to give thanks where thanks are due! Thanks to the many wonderful supporters of Emanuel Mexico Mission. Because of you we are able to reach people that are in desperate need of a friend named Jesus.
A special Thanks Giving greeting and thank you to the LaFountaine Christian Church for beginning to support the ministry of Emanuel Mexico Mission. New supporters like this is not only an encouragement to us as missionaries, it reaffirms to us we are following God's will for the inner city ministry we are undertaking.
Caring for Youth, Counseling Center, Leadership Training, Church ministries and much more are taking place because of the funds provided by churches, Sunday School classes, friends and family who believe in the ministry of Emanuel Mexico Mission.
Another Thanks Giving greeting and special thank you goes out to the Valley Christian Church for their overwhelming monthly support, special gifts and prayers. This church has taken a lead role in seeing that the ministry facility is being well taken care of and updated to cover all the city, state and federal regulations that are required by Family Services, Health Department, Fire Department and Civil Protection. Caring for the Youth that are living in the mission is a 24/7 responsability and all the church activities mean that people are in constant use of the mission facility. Valley is also the first church to support Jose, our preacher, apart from the ministry.
We know that many families will be gathering together this Thanksgiving season to give thanks, eat well, watch football and much more. That's why at this time of year we want to give a special Thanks Giving greeting to those that support this mission and its ministry outreach to the inner city of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Thanks for giving: Brad and Julie, Daron and Melissa, Kirk and Teresa, Mark and Emilie, Larry and Peg, Rod, Judy, Eunice, Valley Christian Church, Brownsville Christian Church, Bluffton First Church of Christ, LaFountaine Christian Church, Standard Bearer's Sunday School class, Shining Light Sunday School class, Garcia Family, Glenn and Angie, Phil and Angel, Delpha, Justin and Sarah, Joan, Floyd and Betty &, Stephen and Julie. Thanks Giving to each and everyone of you. Once again the gifts given by this list of many supporters reaffirms to us that we are carrying out God's will.
The needs list is long for the ministry. If you personally want to support the ministry or a specific need, please let us know. In closing, let us give thanks where thanks are due!
1. Thank you God for giving us the means to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
2. Thank you Jesus for giving us our salvation.
3. Thank you Holy Spirit for giving us the strength and courage to boldly stand our ground and share our faith.
4. Thank you Churches for giving of your tithes and offerings so we can carry out the Great Commission.
5. Thank you Sunday School classes for giving that extra gift each month.
6. Thank you to those special families (husbands, wives and children) for giving and including in their monthly budgets a gift to Emanuel Mexico Mission.
7. Thank you to each individual for giving to support us personally and to the mission.
8. Thank you for giving so others can know Jesus loves them.
9. Thank you for giving your prayers for your missionary partners.
10.Thank you for giving those extra special gifts such as cards, messages, phone calls, video calls and much more.
Thanks Giving for Missionaries is a year long celebration.
David and Sheri DeBolt
Giving: Check payable to Bluffton First Church of Christ - memo- David and Sheri DeBolt
Address: Larry DeBolt 2950 E. - 350 N. Bluffton, IN 46714
Emanuel Mexico Mission
Iglesia Cristiana Ontañon (church)
Dear Friends of MARC,
I am grateful for the small role I have in assisting people getting to where they need to go so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can advance. Sometimes I get to be in the cockpit with a ministry team sitting behind me. Sometimes I assist our mechanics with fixing an aircraft belonging to a missionary. Sometimes I provide flight instruction and get to share about MARC with someone who may not know the Lord.
Sometimes I work on a spreadsheet, seeing how God is providing for this ministry financially.
What a privilege it is to be part of God’s work by serving in missionary aviation in Alaska. I appreciate you who pray faithfully and give regularly to MARC, so that my co-workers and I can provide these services and give wings to Alaskan missions.
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Doing or accomplishing several things at the same time is not for everyone. But, the ministry requires a preacher or in this instance a missionary to multi-task! While Sheri was in the states this past May to July, she was asked an interesting, but a bewildering question. "What is it you exactly do down there?" The short answer, "God's work", for the past 32 years, since leaving the comforts of two secure jobs, a home, finances and family that's the quick answer.
The long answer, since 1987 when we answered the call to full time ministry we have never allowed our lack of funds to hinder our call. The call was to make Disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). We have never allowed other doctrinal beliefs move us from our position of being "Church of Christ/Christian workers only". We have served in several areas from house parents, to counselors, to cooks, nurses, doctors, chauffeurs, maintenance (janitor), mechanic, minister to ministers, teacher, leader, preacher and many other missionary hats. In the past 32 years, we have nurtured and led hundreds of young people to know Christ.
Currently we are juggling, or should I say Multi-Tasking, a number of ministries who others never thought possible or could become a reality.
1. Established the first ever "Christian Counseling Center" in San Luis Potosi, inside Emanuel Mexico Mission.
2. Planted the Ontañon Church of Christ in 1992, and today we have a full-time ordained minister, to which, by the way, we raised up as a small street boy.
3. In this past year, we have been involved in camps extending from far southern to northern Mexico, VBS programs, street ministry to gangs and Rehabilitation Center for drug and alcoholic abusers.
4. We continue to care full time for children. Example: Lupe and Pablo lost their father, their mother has mental problems even to this day and they were being abused by other family members. The ministry continues to care for the abandoned and abused children of Mexico.
5. Opened the ministry facility to host "Christian Leadership Workshops" each week. A total sucess, as we see the churches and church leaders come together for one common cause. "It's not about us, It's all about God." Unity!
6. Our housing and retreat center continues to function, as guests have come as far away as Minnesota, to all over Mexico this past year. "Our home is your home".
7. We were able to hold two major events this year. A four state Christian Youth Conference and the city wide Christian Youth Retreat of San Luis Potosi, all within the facilities of Emanuel Mexico Mission.
8. The Food Pantry: As food is given to us we distribute to children's homes, widows and shut ins.
9. The kitchen is used 7 days a week, 3 meals a day. Also each Sunday after church we have a coffee and cookie fellowship ministry. A church hit!
10. Meetings have begun by church leaders and Emanuel Mexico Mission to establish a new Bible College using the facilities of Emanuel Mexico Mission all the while we are caring for young people, do church work, hold seminars and more.
These are just a few of our opportunities of ministry service. The amazing thing is we have less funds this past year than ever before, but are accomplishing more of "God's Work". Actually less than what we had in 1991, when we moved to San Luis Potosi. So I guess you could say we are being good stewards of God's gifts and facility that He has given us to minister with. So "what is it you exactly do down there?" "God's Work" as we Multi-Task for the Lord and His Kingdom.
Just doing what a regular country boy (farmer), turned missionary knows what to do.
Multi-Tasking for the King!
Emanuel Mexico Mission
Iglesia Cristiana en Ontañon